STUCK WITHOUT A PADDLE? THREE QUESTIONS THAT CAN HELP

Are you struggling to find your way in life, maybe your calling? Do you sit around thinking, what does God want me to do? Maybe I would be happy if I did that? I would love to do…….and on and on you go? Then, questions begin to breed more questions. Not that this is a bad thing. It’s just another thing. Right? We all suffer from this. Especially us that aren’t willing to settle. We feel called to do something bigger. Called to build His kingdom.

If you are reading this and thinking, this is me. Then you and I are in this together. We are amongst millions of others. People that sit around and ask the same questions. I used this example the other day. It’s like sitting in a boat in the middle of the lake stranded with no paddle. You look around, no one. You start screaming, no one. You start paddling, no where.

You are stuck in the middle of the lake and that’s just reality. What do you do? Well, you can start by praying. You can sit there forever and die of hunger? Or you can start paddling and eventually you will make it to shore. God is not going to come down and give you a paddle! You have to seek and find a way.

This seems to always work for me. Matthew 7:7 says,”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” The verse does not end by saying, “ask and it will be given to you.” The verse ends by saying. “knock and the door will be opened to you.” God wants us to work for it.

How long are you willing to sit in the boat, in the middle of the lake, without a paddle? I would guess not very long. We all starve for meaning and self worth. We want to be apart of something bigger in life. Is this you? If so, here are three questions you can start asking yourself to live out this meaningful life.

  1. What do you sing about? When you are singing in the shower, on a run, or in the car all by yourself, what do you sing about? Next time you are singing, stop and listen to yourself.
  2. What do you dream about? When you have dreams, stop and write them down. What do you see?
  3. What do you cry about? What makes you cry? Is it national disasters? Is it Jesus? Is it helping others? What do you sense in your heart?

Seemingly simple questions, right? However, very tough to find the answers. Take time out of each day, and spend time in prayer thinking through these questions. Also, keep these questions in mind as you go through out your day. You will be inspired by what you find. I promise God will speak to you. Oh, and keep in mind this; ask, seek, knock.

Discussion Question: Do you ever feel stuck in the middle of a lake, in a boat, without a paddle? How do you get over feeling stuck? What are your secrets?